The NC Child Care Commission held a public hearing in Raleigh on proposed changes to nutrition rules for child care facilities. A previous article detailed the proposals. But of particular concern for some parents was the fact the Child Care Commission deleted an exception to the nutrition standards for parents who wished to have a say in what their children would eat and drink at a child care facility. The General Assembly required the commission to consider such a “personal preference” but the panel decided to drop it. While a couple of child care consultants said the proposed rules are necessary other people didn’t see it that way. Susan Robbins was one of the concerned citizens who argued no one in government had the right to overrule parents on nutrition.
Dr. Scott Sweeney of Monroe said he had nine other people ready to object to the proposed rules changes and send the issue to the General Assembly for a hearing. Once the Child Care Commission makes its final decision on the rules it goes to the Rules Review Commission in the Office of Administrative Hearings. When that panel makes its decision if at least 10 people object to a rule then the rule is subject to a legislative hearing.
The Child Care Commission chair said the public comments would be considered during its meeting May 8.